SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Lindsay Schrader scored 13 points as Notre Dame (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) beat Valparaiso, 58-50.
Megan Duffy and Courtney LaVere each added 10 points for the
Irish (9-1) in their first game after a 10-day holiday break.
Lavere, a center, set a career high with six assists.
Betsy Rietema scored 11 points and Tamra Braun 10 to lead
Notre Dame had 19 turnovers, but held the Crusaders to 36
percent shooting. The Irish outscored Valparaiso 38-14 in the paint
and shot 50 percent from the field.
Notre Dame used a 10-0 early run to take a 12-2 lead and closed
the half with a 9-4 run to take a 30-18 halftime lead. The Irish
led by as many as 17 points in the second half.
Schrader and Charel Allen each had seven rebounds as Notre Dame
outrebounded the Crusaders 37-22.
The Irish reserves, led by LaVere and Allen, who had eight
points, outscored the Crusaders' 24-9.
Notre Dame hosts No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday.